TEACHERS and pupils at Netherthorpe School are seeing double after nine sets of twins turned up for the new term.
Staff at the Staveley school were astonished to realise there were so many twins among its year seven starters and they believe it could be a record. Assistant headteacher Peter Bamford said: “It’s twincredible. As we began talking to new pupils’ parents at the start of the new term it dawned on us that we had so many twins.
“I’ve never come across anything like this in over 30 years of teaching. We’ve had twins coming through the school but nothing on this scale at the same time and in the same year.”
Mr Bamford said it was understood the world record for the most twins in the same academic year at a British school was eight, recorded four years ago, and he has contacted the Guiness Book of Records to see if Netherthorpe now has the title.
The twins include Zack and Kirsty Smith, Courtney and Bethany Hopkinson, Rebecca and Sam Jinks, Emily and Lucy Clark, Santino and Luca Paoli, Oliver and Josh Wells, Aairun and Kian Tennant, Tom and Max Dungworth, and Anton and Terri Wood.
Some of the siblings have been put into different classes but some are in the same one depending on their parents’ preferences, but the school has been careful not to put more than one set into the same class.
“There is no more than one set of twins in any one class which must be a relief to our teachers,” added Mr Bamford.
“It’s been like Noah’s Ark with twins coming in two-by-two. We’re very proud to have them all with us and they have become a big talking point.”
The twins would also have been born around the turn of the Millennium and Tom and Max Dungworth and Kirsty and Zach Smith even share the same June 2 birthday.